Mali is one of the world's least developed countries. Approximately 79% of the population is engaged in agriculture, including livestock raising. Yet, political decentralization, population growth, and rural-urban migration are changing the political and economic landscape of the country and challenging accepted tenure regimes. The Government is confronted with enacting appropriate legislation for this dynamic setting, while meeting the Malian people's needs. The slideshows and accompanying materials presented in this module illustrate the importance of:
- working with statutory, customary and religious institutions to secure women's land rights;
- empowering community-level authorities to sustainably and equitably manage land and natural resources;
- strengthening local-level institutions to avert and respond to conflict; and
- securing land rights for the increasing number of urban poor.